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Faculty Accomplishments - December 2013

Scholarly Talk, Presentation or Conference

Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) presented a paper in Chinese, "Early-Qing poetry on the banishment of Lu Qingzeng" at the sixth International Symposium on Chinese Rhyme Literature in Suzhou, China, 9-10 November.         

At the 112th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago, 20-24 November, Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) presented a talk in the panel on "HIV Infection and AIDS Risk: Past, Current and Future Engagements.”         

Kim Bruce (Computer Science) presented an invited keynote talk at the 20th International Workshop on Foundations of Object-Oriented Languages, "FOOL@20". The talk, given on 27 October, was a retrospective on the founding and early years of the workshop. At the SPLASH (Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity) in Indianapolis, 26-31 October, Bruce was a program and workshop chair of SPLASH-E, a new workshop focusing on educational issues. He also chaired a panel on MOOCs at the workshop, and co-presented a tutorial with Andrew Black titled "Grace: A new object-oriented language for novices." He also gave “Grace: An Object-Oriented Language for Novices" as a talk at the Indiana University Computer Science Colloquium Series on 1 November. 

Paul Cahill (Romance Languages & Literatures) presented the paper "Alcancelando las sombras: Paul Celan, Antonio Crespo Massieu, and Spanish Holocaust Poetry" at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature: Translation and Change, held at the University of Missouri, Columbia, from 21-23 November.

Gabe Chandler (Mathematics) gave a talk, "Order selection for Time Varying Autoregression," at the American Mathematical Society Western Fall Sectional Meeting at University of California, Riverside, on 3 November.

Nicki Lisa Cole (Sociology) presented her co-authored book chapter, "Apple exposed: the untold story of globalization," at the Union for Democratic Communications/Project Censored annual conference in San Francisco on 2 November.

Martin Crawford (Outdoor Education Center) lectured on the "Five most important lessons to survive in the California Wilderness" at the Pomona College Faculty and Staff Lunch Series on 20 November.

Robert Gaines (Geology) presented the invited keynote lecture "The Early Phanerozoic Taphonomic Window" at the Geological Society of America's 125th Annual Meeting in Denver on 28 October.

Stephan Garcia (Mathematics) spoke on "The graphic nature of supercharacters" at a Pomona College Science Lunch on 22 November.

Jesse Harris (Linguistics & Cognitive Science) delivered the invited talk "Processing expectations for focus sensitive coordination" to the Psycholinguistics Group at the University of Southern California, Department of Linguistics, on 22 November.

Laura Hoopes (Biology) did a book signing of Breaking Through the Spiral Ceiling and presented the talk "Seven Surprises in Memoir Writing" to the High Desert California Writers Club in Apple Valley, California, on 9 November.

As part of the Moving Mind Symposium at Pomona College in October, Meg Jolley (Theatre and Dance) taught an experiential workshop, "On Breath and Balance." She also helped to plan and organize this three-day interdisciplinary symposium for the Claremont Colleges.    

Kristine Kaiser (Biology) was an invited speaker at the "Urbanization: A driver of behavioral, physiological, and genetic divergence in wildlife" symposium at The Wildlife Society's 20th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 1 October.

As part of a public event during the Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science workshop held at the Banff International Research Station in Banff, Calgary, from 10-15 November, Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) read excerpts from her short story "A Mathematician's Dilemma" and a recently published poem "The Colors of Math" (The Mathematical Intelligencer 35:1, p. 4). A video of her reading can be accessed here.

Jonathan King (Neuroscience) attended the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego, 11 November, with several students. Hannah DeWeerth '14, Jenny He '14, and Yuni Kay '15 presented a poster titled "Environmental Enrichment Restores Chronic Mild Stress Induced Impairments in Synaptic Plasticity but not Behavior."

Cameron Munter (International Relations, Politics) delivered several lectures: the annual Roemer Lecture at Geneseo State University of New York, titled "From the Front Lines: Three Decades as a Diplomat" (4 November); the Yadunandan Lecture at CSU Long Beach on "Prospects for Pakistani-American Relations" (14 November); and "Confronting Religious Intolerance in Pakistan" for an event at the Pakistani Arts Council at the Blackstone Gallery in Los Angeles (23 November). He directed a seminar on "Crisis in Diplomacy" at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as part of the Future of Diplomacy Project, on 12 November. And in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 18 November, Munter participated in a series of seminars, sponsored by the Century Foundation of New York, on the future of Pakistan, with an international and Pakistani team of experts.

William Peterson (Music) presented the paper "Formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918: A Revolution 'from above and from below,'" co-authored by James W. Peterson (Valdosta State University, Georgia), as part of the "Aesthetics as Politics" panel at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, in Boston on 21 November.

Hans Rindisbacher (German and Russian) presented the paper "From Inside out to Outside in: New Perspectives in Contemporary Swiss Writing. Irena Brežná" at the Pacific Ancient & Modern Languages Association annual conference in San Diego on 2 November.

Adolfo Rumbos (Mathematics) co-organized, along with Alfonso Castro (Harvey Mudd College) and Michel Lapidus (UC Riverside), a special session on "From Harmonic Analysis to Partial Differential Equations: In Memory of Victor Shapiro," at the Fall Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society in Riverside, California, 2-3 November.

Monique Saigal-Escudero (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave a presentation on hidden children during WWII to several classes at the International French School LILA in Burbank on 23 October. She gave presentations on Women in the French Resistance to Epoch Assisted Living in Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts (26 October), and to Pomona College alumni in Boston (27 October). She spoke on the same topic at the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust in Henderson, Nevada, on 3 November. And on 16 November, she spoke to a French audience, Los Angeles Accueil, in Santa Monica about her time as a hidden child.

John Seery (Politics) spoke on "The Best Kind of College Is the U.S. SLAC (small liberal arts college), But Why Don't More People Know and Believe That?" at Claremont McKenna College's Athenaeum on 8 November.

Anthony Shay (Theatre and Dance) presented the scholarly paper "Why the United States Never Created a Moiseyev Dance Company" on 15 November at UC Riverside at a joint CORD/SDHS conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the UC Riverside Dance Ph.D. program, the first in the United States.


Allan Barr's (Asian Languages and Literatures) translation of an essay by Yu Hua, "The Three Americas," was published in the December 2013 issue of the British current affairs magazine PROSPECT, pp. 48-52. 

Paul Cahill (Romance Languages and Literatures) published a critical edition of two books of poetry by Spanish poet Jenaro Talens: Tabula rasa and El sueño del origen y la muerte (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2013). His research assistant Nora Gordon ‘12 assisted him in the preparation of this critical edition.

Stephen Erickson (Philosophy) wrote the chapter "Attacks on the Family East and West: Evidence for the Erosion of the Common Good" in The Common Good: Chinese and American Perspectives (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2014), eds. P.C. Lo and David Solomon, pp. 45-64.

Stephan Garcia (Mathematics) published -- with Alice Zhuo-Yu Chan '13, Luis Garcia German '13 and Amy L. Shoemaker '13 -- the paper "On the matrix equation XA + AXT =0, II: Type 0-I interactions" in Linear Algebra and its Applications 439, pp. 3934-3944.

In 2011, Eric Grosfils (Geology) published a geologic map of the V14 quadrangle on Venus, an area approximately one-third the size of the United States. The map reflected several years' worth of effort working with 15 individual students, six of whom contributed at a level warranting co-authorship. The map was selected for the ESRI's 2012 annual Map Book 27, p. 73, a publication that showcases what are considered to be some of the best, most creative practices in GIS map preparation worldwide.  More recently, Grosfils published the paper "Radial dike formation on Venus: Insights from models of uplift, flexure and magmatism" with colleagues from the Lunar and Planetary Institute in the journal Icarus 225, pp. 538-547. He published "Thermomechanics of shallow magma chamber pressurization: Implications for the assessment of ground deformation data at active volcanoes" with colleagues from Oregon State University in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters 384, pp. 100-108.               

Laura Hoopes (Biology) published a flash fiction story in the 1 x 50 x 100 Flash Fiction Anthology, ed. by Madison Woods.                     

Meg Jolley's (Theatre and Dance) reporting on workshops at the 2013 annual conference and general meeting of the Alexander Technique was published in the fall 2013 edition of the AmSAT Journal.

Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) published an article titled "The Brave New World of Open Access & Creative Commons: a Humanistic Experiment in Mathematical Publishing" as part of the proceedings of the AMS Special Session on Topics and Issues in Electronic Publishing, pp. 11-31, at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA), held in in San Diego, January 9–10, 2013.

Joyce Lu (Theatre and Dance, Asian American Studies) published a book review: "Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy by Sondra Fraleigh, and Butoh Ritual Mexicano / Alchemy is Dancing by Shakina Nayfack" in The Drama Review 57:4, pp. 174-177.

Wallace Meyer (Biology, Bernard Field Station) co-authored four papers recently: “Evaluating the efficacy of land snail survey techniques in Hawaii: implications for conservation throughout the Pacific” in Biodiversity and Conservation 22, pp. 3223-3232; “Influence of terrestrial molluscs on litter decomposition and nutrient release in a Hawaiian rainforest” in Biotropica 45, pp. 719-720 (November 2013 “Editor’s Choice”); “Dramatic Response to Rapid Climate Change in the Southwest: Robert Whittaker’s 1963 Santa Catalina Mountains Plant Transect Revisited” in Ecology and Evolution 3, pp. 3307-3319; and “Introduction to the Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project (ASAP): Systematics, Biogeography, Ecology, and Population Genetics of Arthropods of the Madrean Sky Islands” in Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III (U.S. Department of Agriculture), pp. 140-164.

David Oxtoby's (President's Office) essay "Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges in our Teaching" was published in Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), ed. by Rebecca Chopp, Susan Frost, and Daniel H. Weiss, pp. 77-84. The book is based on papers delivered at the Conference on The Future of the Liberal Arts College in America and its Leadership Role in Education Around the World, held at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, in April 2012.

Adolfo Rumbos (Mathematics) published, with W. P. Forrester '13 and E. E. Galindo '13, "Nonlinear perturbations of linear equations in Rn," in Journal of Linear Algebra and its Applications 439, pp. 3100-3114.         

Performance or Exhibition

Martin Crawford (Outdoor Education Center) reports that the OEC hosted the 8th Annual Reel Rock Film Tour on 16 November, which brought new adventure and climbing films to campus and was a fundraiser to send students to the 2014 Western Regional Outdoor Leadership Conference.

Honor or Award

After a stellar season which concluded with the Men's Cross Country team winning the NCAA West Regional title--only the second in the program's history, the last occurrence being in 1982--and the second consecutive year the team went to Nationals, Head Coach Tony Boston (Physical Education and Athletics) was named the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year for the Western Region. The award presentation took place at the national meet in Hanover, Indiana, on 19 November.


Martin Crawford (Outdoor Education Center) reports that the OEC hosted a two-day outdoor excursion for 24 international students in collaboration with International Place (I-Place). Students learned about the natural wonders of California, tried their hand at a rock climbing challenge, and developed a "sense of place" in California while studying abroad.